Hezbollah accused of training, providing equipment to Houthi militia in Yemen

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Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said in a press conference on Monday that the coalition recently destroyed a Houthi communications system that had been provided to them by Hezbollah.

Al-Maliki said coalition forces destroyed targets in five locations, in the mountains of Musbah, Maran, Razah, Al-Maqal and Al-Noa.

Al-Maliki said the coalition also had evidence to suggest “foreign experts” had been carrying out training operations in caves with the Iranian-backed Houthis. He also said the coalition had evidence suggesting Hezbollah had been training elements of the Houthi militia.

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Al-Maliki reiterated the fact that relief efforts inside Yemen continue after continued efforts by Houthis to prevent humanitarian aid reaching different cities and governorates of Yemen.

The Saudi press agency also reported on Monday Yemen’s National Army took control of a vital road in western province of Taiz, south-west of Yemen.

“Units of the brigade took control of the road leading to the area of Waza’iyah west of…

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Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, July 10, 2018 — When they sow the wind they shall reap the whirlwind

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We reap what we sow…

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Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 384

Reading 1 HOS 8:4-7, 11-13

Thus says the LORD:
They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;
they established princes, but without my approval.
With their silver and gold they made
idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
Cast away your calf, O Samaria!
my wrath is kindled against them;
How long will they be unable to attain
innocence in Israel?
The work of an artisan,
no god at all,
Destined for the flames—
such is the calf of Samaria!When they sow the wind,
they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
strangers would swallow it.When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin,
his altars became occasions of sin.
Though I write for him my many ordinances,
they are…

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New Zealand Buys Boeing Surveillance Jets to Counter Chinese Buildup

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U.S. ally approves $1.5 billion purchase of four Boeing P-8A Poseidons

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A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft sits on the tarmac in Lossiemouth, U.K. PHOTO: JANE BARLOW/ZUMA PRESS

New Zealand said it would buy four submarine-hunting surveillance jets, the country’s biggest military purchase in decades, as it seeks to counter a Chinese buildup in the Pacific that has worried the U.S. and its allies.

New Zealand’s government on Monday approved the $1.5 billion purchase of Boeing Co. P-8A Poseidons used by the U.S. and its military allies including the U.K., Australia and South Korea.

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“We are stepping up and being responsible in the Pacific,” said Winston Peters, who is acting prime minister while Jacinda Ardern is on parental leave. Beijing has previously accused Mr. Peters, the populist leader of New Zealand First, which is a minor party in…

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North Korea Reminds Trump Its Nuclear Weapons Won’t Come Cheap

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang to get Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons. He left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

While President Donald Trump’s point man for nuclear talks summed up his 27 hours in the North Korean capital as “productive,” the regime called the visit “regretful.” No sooner had Pompeo left when Kim’s media published a statement saying the U.S.’s “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” risked upending ties less than a month after Trump and Kim shook hands in Singapore.

The next line of the more than 1,200-word statement may have captured the central complaint: “The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war,” an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman said.

Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol…

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German mid-term budget plan insufficient for military: senior official

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The German Defence Ministry views the mid-term budget plan approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet last week as insufficient, a senior defense official told lawmakers in a letter obtained by Reuters.

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Defence State Secretary  Peter Tauber said the budget plan included a significant spending increase in 2019, which took his ministry’s demands into account.

But the increases now planned for 2020-2022 would not meet the military’s requirements since they primarily covered the additional personnel costs triggered by a new contract with government workers agreed earlier this year, Tauber wrote.

Reuters

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Andrea Shalal, editing by Thomas Escritt

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet To Hold Missile Drill Off Syria’s Coast Ahead Of Trump-Putin Summit

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According to the latest Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean task force will host naval exercises off the coast of Syria for several weeks. The starting point of the naval exercise will begin on July 11, just five days before Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet in Finland’s capital of Helsinki to discuss the complicated situation in Syria.

The location of the war drill will be in the Eastern Mediterranean between the Syrian coast and the Southern part of Cyprus across the port of Tartus, which will be reserved for 10 to 20 warships conducting missile drills from July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, the Russian News Agency TASS reported.

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During the exercise, the airspace will be shut down from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moscow time. The NOTAM mentioned that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the “only…

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Israel presented U.S. with “red lines” for Saudi nuclear deal

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Israel has presented the Trump administration with its “red lines” for the nuclear deal the United States is currently negotiating with Saudi Arabia to build reactors in the kingdom.

The big picture: A senior Israeli official told me the Israeli government realized it will not be able to stop the deal — set to be worth billions of dollars for the U.S. — and decided instead to attempt to reach an understanding with the Trump administration regarding the parameters of the deal.

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  • Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised concerns about the deal during a meeting with President Trump and other senior U.S. officials. Netanyahu was concerned such a deal, especially if it also includes a “right” to enrich uranium, will lead to further nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Trump and his advisers told Netanyahu that, if the U.S. does not…

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